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Herbal Medicines: The Healing Properties of Ashwagandha

Ashwaghanda Health Benefits

For a long time, my life was shaped by the effects of severe insomnia, chronic stress and terrible social anxiety.

Having Lyme Disease made these things worse, and my emotional wellbeing really took a hit, when my old life was swept out from under me.

Back then, I would constantly stress about the impact that my illness was having on my health, my loved ones, and my life.

It was during this time that I first became interested in herbal medicine, and I not only stumbled upon the Buhner protocol (the herbal regime which eventually sent my Lyme into remission), I also discovered Ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha root is a powerful adaptogen, which has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 2000 years to calm the nerves and bring the body back into balance.

This powerful, natural substance helps the body to deal with stress by lowering the blood pressure and the heart rate, and by decreasing inflammation.

Ashwagandha also contains sedative alkaloids, which makes it helpful for treating anxiety, insomnia and restless sleep.

The first time I took Ashwagandha, I didn’t expect much to happen, but, before I knew it, a wave of calmness washed over me, my heart stopped pounding, and for the first time in ages I felt comforted, peaceful and safe.

Since then, I’ve used Ashwagandha root regularly to help me to cope with my social anxiety, and deal with stressful situations.

As well as treating stress and anxiety-related issues, Ashwagandha is also used to treat adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism.

Traditionally, it’s also taken as a tonic, to strengthen the immune system and improve energy levels (especially when recovering from illness).

Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use Ashwagandha, and it should also be avoided by anyone with hyperthyroidism, nightshade allergies, severe kidney or liver disease, and those taking barbiturates or other sedatives.

Dose: 250mg capsules may be taken 2-3 times a day, or as instructed by your herbalist.

Please note: The information in this post should not substitute or replace medical advice. If you are unwell please see a medical professional. This post contains affiliate links.

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Herbal Medicines: The Healing Properties of Echinacea

The Healing Properties of Echinacea

Throughout history, man has used plants for healing – and even today, around 40% of medications used in Western medicine are derived from plant extracts.

Unfortunately, due to industrialisation, medical advances, and a growing reliance on modern healthcare, much of our ancient wisdom about nature’s array of medicines, has been lost.

Of course, modern medicine definitely has its place, but I still believe that herbal treatments have an important role to play – and in many cases, they may work just as well (if not better) than their patented pharmaceutical counterparts.

Today, I’m kicking off a new series on my blog about the healing properties of plants – so let’s begin by taking a look at one of my favourite herbal medicines, Echinacea.

The Healing Properties of Echinacea

Echinacea is a beautiful plant, with flamboyant pink blooms – however, it’s the root of the plant, not the flowers, which is normally used medicinally.

The root contains a mixture of oils, sugars and resins which have powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.

Because of this, Echinacea has long been used for treating the symptoms of the common cold, as well as influenza and upper respiratory tract infections.

Echinacea is especially good at supporting the immune system, and it has been shown to increase the rate at which the body responds to pathogens.

Because Echinacea strengthens the immune system, it can also be helpful for those who are immunocompromised. (If you’re immunocompromised, have an autoimmune disorder or a progressive illness, you should always check with your doctor first, before taking Echinacea.)

Echinacea is ideally taken before (or soon after) the first symptoms of a cold, flu or bronchitis appear – although it can be taken throughout the duration of the illness.

It may be drunk as a tea, used as a tincture or throat spray, or taken via chewable tablets, regular tablets, lozenges or capsules.

Personally, I love drinking Echinacea tea during flu season, and I always make sure to use the tincture, whenever I’m at risk of catching a cough or a cold.

As someone whose immune system is less than perfect, I find this really makes a difference in warding off the dreaded lurgy!

Please note: The information in this post should not substitute or replace medical advice. If you are unwell please see a medical professional. This post contains affiliate links.

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5 Incredible Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil Benefits

Essential oils are powerful tools, which offer a wide range of natural healing properties.

They can be used to treat a variety of conditions, ranging from cuts, burns and insect bites, to respiratory and digestive problems, as well as anxiety, insomnia and stress.

I’m not an aromatherapist, but I’m a big fan of natural medicine, and today I’d like to talk about one of the most-loved oils in my collection – Tea Tree Oil!

Tea Tree oil is made from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia, a tree native to Australia. It has long been known for it’s antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects – so let’s take a look at some of the ways that we can use it!

 

Natural Deodorant

Tea Tree Oil has both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it a wonderful natural ingredient to add to homemade deodorant!

You can make a simple, yet effective deodorant using the ingredients listed below.

Once made, it can be stored in a pot in the fridge (if you’d like to apply it as a solid) or stored at room temperature to be used as either a liquid or a solid (depending on the temperature of your house).

To use, gently rub it into your armpits in the morning and re-apply as necessary after bathing, swimming or exercise.

 

Healing Foot Soak

Tea Tree Oil is a powerful ingredient for adding to your foot bath!

It’s anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for treating fungal nail infections, as well as Athlete’s Foot. Tea Tree oil is also perfect for soothing blisters and sore feet!

For a soothing foot soak add the following (with warm water) to your foot bath:

 

Tea Tree Oil Treatments

 

Natural Acne Treatment

Tea Tree oil is an anti-inflammatory treatment, which has anti-microbial properties.

It can be used to kill harmful bacteria, reduce inflammation and may help to unblock sebaceous glands – Making it useful for treating acne-prone skin.

The following acne treatment can be made up, then poured into a sterilised spray bottle and spritzed onto the skin each night before bed.

 

Natural Antibacterial Cleaner

Tea Tree Oil can also be used to make a natural household cleaner!

This anti-bac cleaner can be used in the bathroom or kitchen to kill germs and cut through mould and grease, to leave your home sparkling clean!

To use, spray the cleaner onto the surface you’re working on, leave for a few minutes, then wipe (or scrub) away. Do not use on porous or delicate surfaces (such as polished wood).

 

Uses For Tea Tree Oil

 

Natural De-Congestant

When you’re full up with a head cold (or even allergies) Tea Tree oil can be used to ease your sore throat, open up your airways and help to relieve sinus congestion.

To benefit most from it’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects, you can add some Tea Tree Essential Oil to a bowl of hot water (or preferably a facial sauna) and breathe in the steam, inhaling deeply for 5-10 minutes.

 

This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Please note, this is not medical advice. Thank you!  

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